Internationally acclaimed piano soloist featured in next orchestra concert in Potsdam
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 5:30 pm

Young-Ah Tak will be the featured soloist in ONNY’s fall concert. Photo submitted by ONNY.

POTSDAM –Internationally acclaimed piano soloist Young-Ah Tak will be the featured soloist in ONNY’s fall concert, Beethoven. Tak is praised for her “thrilling blend of fury and finesse” (San Antonio Express-News) and her “winning combination of passion, imagination and integrity” (New York Concert Review), said a press release from ONNY.

Performances are 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 at Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam and 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20 at First Presbyterian Church, Watertown.

A donor reception is being co-hosted for major supporters of ONNY and WPBS immediately following the Sunday concert in the church’s Fellowship Hall. The event is by invitation only.

Tak enjoys a remarkable career that has taken her throughout the United States, Canada, Austria, Germany, Italy, her native Korea, and Japan.

She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Julliard, her Master of Music and Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory, and her Doctor of Musical Arts from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

She made her New York City debut at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Alice Tully Hall with the Julliard Orchestra. Other notable performances have taken place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater in Philadelphia, and many others around the world.

Her performances have been broadcast in New York City, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Ontario, and in Korea. Tak has been awarded top prizes in numerous international competitions.

Currently, she serves as an associate professor of piano and is the founding artistic director of the Crane International Piano Festival. She is a Steinway Artist.

The concert opens with Beethoven’s Triumphant March from Tarpeja,(1813), followed by Tak’s rendition of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15 (1795/rev.1800). After a brief intermission, the 48-piece professional orchestra will perform program Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 “Pastoral – Sinfonie oder Erinnerung an das Landeleben” (“Pastoral Symphony or Remembering Country Life”)., conducted by Maestro Kenneth Andrews.

Tickets are $27 adults, $22 seniors and military personnel, $10 college students, and $5 teens (13-17). Children, 12 and under, are admitted free to all ONNY concerts.

For tickets or more information, contact the Community Performance Series box office at 315-267-2277 or visit to purchase tickets online. They may also be obtained at brick and Mortar Music, 15 Market St., Potsdam.